Fifteen Seconds of Fame

Moms and Other Fabulous Females, Dads and Other Marvelous Males, by Ruth McCormick has three (count them…not one, not two, but three!) of my short stories contained within and this is the first time any of my work has ever been published.   So for me, this was a big freaking deal, dudes!

Yesterday was the release party for the book at West Sahara Library in Las Vegas.  First of all, the drive was so far for me, I nearly had to take out a loan for gas.   And?  I almost ‘took out’ an SUV on the freeway.   Not my best driving.  My mind was elsewhere. 

Then of course, I arrived way too early.  I’m notorious for that.  However, to my delight, Carla, a friend of mine was already there, helping set up tables and such.   It was great catching up with her.  I met Ruth McCormick for the first time in person and she was very sweet.  She keeps trying to get me to join the Henderson Writers Group that meets on Monday nights.   I might just do that now.  I am hooked on writing, after all.   Sheesh.

Six of the nine authors featured in the book were present and I was able to meet them and obtain autographs from each of them.  MY very first autograph went to my friend Michelle, and I’m such a doofus I even wrote that in her book, the fact that she was my first autograph.  When other people asked me to sign the book, I got all flustered and couldn’t think of a thing to write.  So  DUH,  doofus strikes again and I wrote Happy Holidays. 

What?  I never autographed anything before  (unless you count checks and traffic tickets and kids’ report cards).  

Seriously, I was an idiot.   And my lack of brain-control continued right on through the evening.  The Master of Ceremonies, Kevin, came over (with microphone, which mortified me) and interviewed me.  It was short. Not because he wanted it short necessarily.  He asked what my stories were about and I gave him  a very brief explanation.  Mostly, I just regurgitated the Titles of the stories. 

It was freaking embarrassing.  But people clapped.  Probably because it was time to move on to the next author.  All the contributing authors had the opportunity to speak and some were very moving.  I’m really going to have to read the whole book because I think there’s some good stuff in there. 

All in all, it was a very fun time and I was so happy to be there and be included in the celebration.  My partner was unable to attend due to work obligations, but when I got home, I talked her ear off.  Seriously.  I rambled so much about the whole affair, she finally went numb with excitement boredom.  She had this dear-in-the-headlights look.   Well, that’s what she gets for not being there. 

So there you have it and I’ve included a few pictures.   MY 15 seconds of Fame.   Awesome!

Yea I'm in this book. Pages 55, 61 and 76 in case you're looking. In this picture my back hurt and I wanted wine, but I was Happy!


Friends Carla and Michelle!


Ruth McCormick, author and compiler of the book


Me being interviewed. Not my best moment. Ruth on left, Kevin on right.


Some of the other authors in the book.


The book's on there somewhere.


Yep, back still hurts and I'm thinking about hard liquor now. But not till I get home. LONG drive home! But? This was sooooo much Fun !

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. julie gardner
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 08:45:31

    At least you didn’t keep signing, “This is my second autograph.” “This is my third autograph…”

    Happy Holidays is perfect.

    And picture me here, offering you a big standing ovation.
    Plus the happiest of holidays as a published author.

    Hooray for you, Terri! Well-deserved.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 20:18:34

      Thank you for the sweet words, Julie. And the 2nd and 3rd autograph idea did enter my head. I was totally at a loss for words. Oddly. Happy Holidays to you my friend!


  2. Vidya Sury
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 08:51:30

    Hip, Hip Hooray for you, Terri!

    I wish it was hic, hic, hooray together now, because this surely calls for a party! But seriously, so very proud of you! So how do I get a copy of the book, I wonder? Now, I can’t wait to read “The Secret”!

    Wow, I am thinking. I know a real live author and she’s my friend! Mmm. Hugs!


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 20:20:44

      Hi Vidya. I have to admit I did buy a nice bottle of wine for celebrating. As for the book, I’ll send you one soon. Please email me with your mailing address. HUGSSSS


  3. Ally
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 08:53:05

    I’m clapping, too!!! Yay! And I’m glad to hear you admit this IS a big freaking deal! It is awesome in so many ways! I’m so happy for you!


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 20:21:40

      Thanks so much Ally. Yes, it was a much bigger deal that I’d originally thought. I’m still staring at the book tonight. LOL


  4. littlepatti
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 09:06:38

    Now that you’ve tasted “blood”, you’ll want more…
    Fame & fortune await you- Pulitzer prize?
    Congratulations! We are all proud of you, and we enjoy your daily/weekly profound contribution to the world.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 15, 2011 @ 20:22:53

      Ah Ms Patti, you sure have a way with words. I don’t know about the Pulitzer and my “profound”…ness. I would like my novel to be published some day though. If only….


      • littlepatti
        Dec 16, 2011 @ 04:38:31

        I says it, the way I sees it.

        PS: Here’s a lesson I had to learn (I am older than you)- A lesson I had to learn over and over because I “resisted” the truth.
        YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Don’t be humble. You are talented. Embrace it!
        XX 🙂

      • tsonoda148
        Dec 16, 2011 @ 07:41:21

        So if I wasn’t already married AND you weren’t already straight, I’d be asking for your hand. You are just the sweetest of the sweet, even when you give me tough advice. Love it and love you! Come to Vegas. Let’s party. XOXOs

  5. Eva Gallant
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 09:17:31

    Woo Hoo! That’s exciting! Congratulations on being published!!!!!!


  6. Sandy Webb
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 09:26:25

    I could not be happier for you Terri! Too bad Joan couldn’t go and bask in your glory 😉 Next step? You own book? Yeah, I think that is where you are headed. Congrats!


  7. My Inner Chick
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 12:11:39

    –Congrats. Brava. Bravo. Manifico. Brilliant. Beautiful. Magic. Wonderful.

    Terri, you are all of those things. :)) Xxx


  8. CrowW
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 14:51:06

    Woot!!!! Congratulations, Terri! This is absolutely mahvahlesssss!



  9. Joan Oliver Emmer
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 16:17:34

    Theresa Sonada! That is fabulous! I am so happy for and proud of you!


  10. Karla Telega
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 21:05:43

    This is so freakin’ awesome! I probably would have forgotten my name if I’d been interviewed. I’d have to look at my shirt…Hello, I’m Karla. Very well deserved, my darling, and just the beginning.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 16, 2011 @ 07:36:40

      Thanks Karla. I find it so freaking weird how I can talk to just about anybody via the written word…..but put a microphone in my face and I turn into a big dumb slug that has a severely limited vocabulary. Also happens when I am in a group of people, even without the microphone. I’m good with the one on one, but that’s about it. Maybe I need a self-help book. 😛


  11. Kimberly
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 06:36:19

    I am so super proud of you!!! YAYAY.
    Can I have your autograph?


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 16, 2011 @ 07:39:12

      Thanks Kimberly. And Yes, I’m doing autographs every sixth Wednesday on Mars. The commute’s a bit expensive, but I’ll comp your drinks if you can make it. LOL
      HUGSSSS, my friend. I sure hope you’re feeling better. Thinking about you.


  12. northwestmommy
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 09:08:40

    Congrats Terri! You look lovely and so happy. I am throwing your name into all my conversation for next two days 🙂 I don’t know many published authors.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 16, 2011 @ 09:13:49

      Thank you soooo much Stasha. It’s funny but true….I was at the book signing, and talking with my friends. I mentioned that I sure wish one of my blog friends was there to help capture the moment. I was, of course, talking about you, oh photographer extraordinaire! Appreciate your kinds words. Have a lovely weekend.


  13. lbddiaries
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 09:30:37

    Why do I keep hearing in my head, “I’M A REAL WRITER” in Pinocchio’s voice? And I agree with littlepatti – we need to work not only on your inner voice, but your outer one as well. Your stuff wouldn’t be in that book if you weren’t already a good writer. If you don’t believe in yourself, others won’t either – then all of us here on your blog would be wasting our time believing in you. YOU ARE A TALENTED, EXCELLENT, TERRIFIC… (excuse me while I go borrow My Inner Chick’s words)… Manifico, Brilliant, Beautiful. Magic(ical), and Wonderful WRITER.


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 16, 2011 @ 09:47:30

      Nan, you can come over to my Blog and talk me up any time you wish. I LOVE every second of it. Seriously, thank you for your beautiful words. Even those you borrowed. Hugs and kisses my sweet friend! And? I am LOVING my advent calendar. Every morning, I look at the new day and smile with delight! Thank you.


  14. Rachel (Totally Ovar It)
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 18:09:56

    I’m so freakin’ proud of you, Terri! Congratulations on the start of an amazing writing career. I so wish I could have been there, but I solemnly promise to be there at the first signing of YOUR book. Huge hugs going out to you!


  15. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 01:40:34

    I’m so proud of you. This is a moment all writers dream of: the moment they become authors! I hope you enjoyed the fruits of your well-deserved moments of fame. I’m sure there will be more to come!


    • tsonoda148
      Dec 18, 2011 @ 08:27:12

      Thanks much Lorna! It was pretty sweet, that’s for sure. And I would definitely like more! Have a lovely holiday!


  16. fosterok
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 10:33:32



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